In Romans 3:1-2 Paul tells the Romans, "The what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God."
The word Paul uses for oracle is an extremely important word. The reason is that it uses a word for the Scriptures that identifies them in the whole and in their parts as God’s very words. The term (logia) occurs in three other passages (Acts 7:38; Heb. 5:12, and 1 Peter 4:11), and in each case the word indicates that the Old Testament Scriptures, to which these New Testament verses refer, were regarded by the New Testament authors as “oracular.” That means God literally spoke them. This is a monumental passage on the inspiration and authority of Scripture.
Why is it that believers only grow and discipleship only deepens when the Bible is proclaimed as God’s inerrant revelation? It is because of what God does through it. I want to share with you a few of the things God does over the next couple of days through His Word.
1. Unsaved men and women are born again by the work of the Holy Spirit operating through the Bible. That is why Peter tells Christians, “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Peter 1:23), and why James declares, “He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created” (James 1:18). Nothing else will save a lost sinner—not philosophy, not history, not science. Jesus says, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit” (John 3:6). If we are to experience divine life, we must experience it in the only way it can come—through the Bible as the Holy Spirit works through it.